Archive for Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Letter: Humane Society not anti-farmers

April 20, 2010

In a column in the April 14 edition of The Mirror, John Schlageck, a communications and public relations professional for Kansas Farm Bureau, incorrectly stated the mission of the Humane Society of the United States.

HSUS is the nation’s largest animal welfare organization. It seems any farmer who watches over and nurtures animals on a farm where the health and welfare of livestock trumps everything else should have a lot in common with the HSUS, whose mission is “Celebrating animals, Confronting cruelty.” HSUS is against CRUELTY, not against farmers or farming. HSUS does not tell anyone not to consume animal products.

People and their health care professionals should determine what diet is best for meeting individual health goals and nutritional requirements. What the HSUS does care about is that animals, even those that are kept or killed for eggs, milk, flesh and fiber, are not treated cruelly.

Readers who want to see for themselves what the HSUS is for and against should visit Those who want to see what Kansas Farm Bureau has to say about animal welfare should visit Local Humane Societies are independent organizations, not subordinate units of the Humane Society of the U.S. Local groups may take advantage of a wide variety of training, information, products and resources on various animal care topics available through the HSUS and many other organizations. 

Crystal Swann Blackdeer,

Leavenworth County Humane Society


Bob_Busk 7 years, 8 months ago

The HSUS is a radical group with an agenda to outlaw hunting and impose restrictive regulations against ranchers and farmers. I'm tired of the radical left attacking everything in our country that has made us great. Tell the truth, the HSUS would impose restrictions that would drive many beef producers out of business, make poultry prohibitively expensive, and would cause hunger on a scale not known since the great depression. Quit attempting to impose your beliefs upon everyone else!


GeraldineClarke 7 years, 8 months ago

HSUS is not an animal welfare organization. When it was taken over some years back by Wayne Pacelle and his fanatical vegans, it became an "animal rights" organization which is vastly different.

HSUS may not be against farming as long as it is the farming of veggies but there are many quotes from HSUS bigwigs that I could post that show that HSUS is working hard against farming that deals with animals. Here are just two:

"We have no ethical obligation to preserve the different breeds of livestock produced through selective breeding. . One generation and out. We have no problem with the extinction of domestic animals. They are creations of human selective breeding." Wayne Pacelle, CEO of Humane Society of the US, formerly of Friends of Animals and Fund for Animals, quoted in Animal People, May, 1993

"My goal is the abolition of all animal agriculture." JP Goodwin, employed at the Humane Society of the US, formerly at Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade, as quoted on AR-Views, an animal rights Internet discussion group in 1996.

P.S. to Mr Buck: I'm definitely from the left wing as are many of my friends who are also working hard to stop HSUS. Just because we think that people are more important than corporations doesn't mean that we don't find the HSUS agenda despicable. Combating "animal rights" fanaticism is definitely a bi-partisan issue.


HillaryatHSUS 7 years, 8 months ago

Many thanks to Crystal Swann Blackdeer for correcting misinformation about our organization. The HSUS's factory farming campaign is based on the simple and widely held premise that all animals deserve humane treatment, even those raised for food. For example, we believe that farm animals should be allowed enough room to stand up, turn around, and extend their limbs. Our organization is not anti-farmer. Our president/CEO has called farming a noble profession, and we've been proud to have the support of various farmers and farming groups in our work to reform practices such as the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens and gestation crates for pregnant sows. Our work is available for anyone to view by visiting Animal protection can and should be a bi-partisan issue.


atiemeyer92 7 years, 8 months ago

The Humane Society of the United States is notorious for misleading consumers by showing "worse case scenarios" and playing it off like that's the norm. Only 1/2 of 1% of HSUS donations actually go directly to animals for their care...all other goes to lobbying efforts or to fatten their own pockets....don't believe, check out their 2008 tax filing! Over 40 execs were paid well over 100K while your local & not related humane societies struggle to keep their shelter open daily. Want to help animals, donate local!!!

CAGED HENS ARE HUMANE AND HERE'S WHY: Cage-free and free range are exposed to many more potential problems than caged....for instance: in free-range they are open to predators such as hawks, foxes, etc., also open to the weather (blazing hot, freezing cold, rain, etc) so their mortality can be around 3 times higher than caged. While cage free are better than free range they still face issues such as disease and an unforgiving "pecking order." In caged the hens are kept separate from manure, if cage free they walk around in it, lay their eggs in it, and unfortunately eat it and can get coccidiosis which will basically make their insides bleed. So while caged limit their freedom, if the producer is UEP certified the birds are kept in a humane manner so that they can stand up, turn around, move freely and hav access to food and water 100% of the time and be closely monitored so that each bird can get adequate care. HSUS loves to say they can't stretch their wings....1) that is false if they are UEP certified 2) do we as humans stand around w/ our arms extended all day long? I think not so to act like we all (and chickens) need to stand around all day w/ their arms extended is just plain silly. Simply put mortality is 2 and 3 times higher in cage-free and free-range. Happy healthy chickens don't die!!!


skippy 7 years, 8 months ago

If you would google the name Wesley Smith (he's with the Discovery chanel) then read what he is writing it would shed a great amount of light on the HSUS. They are a animal rights group not a animal welfare group. They are a propaganda machine. Hoodwinked to all and to all a good night.


HillaryatHSUS 7 years, 8 months ago

The HSUS has no affiliation with local animal shelters, but our organization is actually one of the largest providers of direct animal care in the country. Thousands of animals receive medical treatment and care at our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch in Texas, our wildlife rehab centers in California and Massachusetts, and our Duchess Sanctuary for horses in Oregon. Our organization regularly receives strong marks from Charity Navigator and meets all the standards of the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance. The HSUS takes its responsibility to donors very seriously, and our annual reports and financial statements are available on our website:


Bob_Busk 7 years, 8 months ago

ACORN used to have the same endorsements. HSUS is just another activitist group working to "Change" America. HSUS, we don't want your change.


ksubrent61 7 years, 8 months ago

@Hillaryat HSUS...umm, HSUS is anti-farmer. HSUS likes to dicitate to farmers how they should be raising their animals. HSUS plays purely on emotion. HSUS conducts no scientific research of their own while the methods farmers use comes from millions of research hours by land grant university scientist. And those scientist and farmers are always doing new research inorder to be better.

Dr. Michael Gregor from HSUS siad that the H1N1 outbreak came from a hog confinement facility in Mexico...and he was soundly proven wrong, Please don't tell me that HSUS is not "anti-farmer" when every recipe on the HSUS website is vegetarian or vegan.

Lastly, you said that "Our organization regularly receives strong marks from Charity Navigator"...correct me if I am wrong but didn't both HSUS and Humane Society International recently see a decline in their rating? Isn't PETA now ranked higher that HSUS?

HSUS is anti-farmer!


HillaryatHSUS 7 years, 8 months ago

@ksubrent61 - I'd be happy to provide scientific research supporting the contention that animal welfare is seriously compromised by various practices in industrial animal agriculture; check out our site.

The HSUS currently has a 3-star rating from Charity Navigator, which is defined this way: "exceeds or meets industry standards and performs as well as or better than most charities in its cause.”


Bob_Busk 7 years, 8 months ago

Again, HSUS is the equivelent of ACORN. An out of control corrupt activist organization. ACORN had 3-star ratings, now ACORN is bankcrupt and exposed. HSUS is on the same track in my opinion. Animal rights? Please be serious, I eat animals.


ksubrent61 7 years, 7 months ago


First...regarding your link, it took me to a page on the HSUS site that cited nothing but HSUS's own words. That isn't exactly the way to win an argument...I wish I could have cited myself over and over on my college papers. It sure would have made things easier. Note to HSUS, just because you say it, doesn't mean it is true.

Now, for a lesson in proper citation, regarding the HSUS 3-star rating, according to the High Plains Journal, "Charity Navigator now gives HSUS a lower level of trustworthiness than the notoriously radical People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The American Institute of Philanthropy also rates HSUS very critically, giving the organization a "C-minus" grade overall.

And in terms of confinement, HSUS is actually very wrong. A recent Swedish study found that chickens raised in a free-range system suffered much higher instances of E. Coli than confined chickens.

Confinment feeder is not only efficient, it also isolates animals from predators and dieseses. Confined feeding also removes the animal from extremes in weather. An confined swine barn is approx 70F year round. My parents saw -15F temps this year. How is raising swine in those temps humane? If you ask me, i would much rather be in a 70F climate controlled barn.

Now, before you bring up the Pew Commission study and the study done by the Union of Concerned Scientist, I would like to point out that neighter of those studies have been published nor have they been peer reviewed.


AgPro 7 years, 3 months ago

I was looking at the TV commercials and thought this maybe a good idea to give some money to help animals. But then...I looked into the financials and history of this organization and what I found merits a warning for all who may consider any gifts to the HSUS.

The HSUS has been investigated in several states for fraud concerning their advertisements.

It has been repoprted they do not follow the rules for a 501C organization.

According to their financial report they spend pennies on what they receive in donations for the animals, If my figures are correct they spend 0.01 % of all money for the benefit of any animal, roughly a 100,000 per 100 million in revenue or less.

This is an activist organization and not what they're selling on TV in their false advertisements. If you want to give money, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give to your local shelters where the staff makes pennies because they love the animals.

Do not support the HSUS you are just getting ripped off.


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